"A proud Latina recognizes a connection between her Bolivian attire and DC’s fight for statehood. With a mirrored red and white dress, she learns what it means to demand representation."
“Unity Park is a small park located between the Adams Morgan and Colombia Heights neighborhoods. This park is an important part to the community. It is a place where farmers markets regularly convene and locals regularly hang out. More profoundly, it’s situated centrally between three areas: one where most of the population is Latino or Hispanic, one that is majority white, and one that is mostly African American.
This park is a unifying point where these different communities can gather. Appropriately, the sculpture affixed prominently at this meeting place features one figure carrying another with the inscribed mantra, ‘Unity in Diversity.’
It’s important for DC to become a state, especially for the sake of the diverse communities and cultures here. They all need and deserve representation.”
“Standing at 555 feet, the Washington Monument is the tallest structure in all of DC. According to the National Park Service, ‘The monument, like the man, stands in no man’s shadow.’ And yet, the shadow cast by the monument is a constant reminder of an American political system that has not treated its citizens equally.
On the day I took this photograph, I was startled to capture a glimmer of sunlight in this frame. Later, when I considered how others might interpret this image, the question dawned upon me, would they see the light as fading or emerging?
As a young African American resident of Washington, DC, I find this question to be especially provocative. Are the prospects of our freedom and equality growing dimmer? Or are there hopeful signs that we will yet emerge from the shadow of the federal government to establish our independence as a state?”
“Beautiful sunlight, happy tourists, congested crowd, silent White House, no one cares about what a local DC resident wants to speak, and no one notices the coming black clouds in the nice sunny day in Washington, DC.”